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Ivory Flowers honored for 100th birthday

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On July 18, Elginite Ivory Reese Flowers will celebrate her 100th birthday, and the City of Elgin is recognizing July 18 as Ivory Reese Flowers Day with a proclamation.

According to the proclamation, Ivory was born July 18, 1920 with a twin sister, Ida, to parents Isom and Viola Reese in Sayers, a community in Bastrop County. Her siblings included Mary Benford, Dovie Washington, Woody Reese, Narcissus Kanada, Sam Reese, Earnest Reese, Early Reese, Omega Harden, Reuben Reese Jr., Viola Goodman and Ruth Harden.

At the age of ten, she would pick cotton in Temple for 40 cents on a hundred. Her mother would give her 25 cents to spend so she could buy a banana, grapes and a bottle of red soda for five cents each and 10 cents worth of Elgin sausage. She would walk ten miles a day to attend the Sayers school, and she enjoyed playing basketball.

She married ST Flowers on January 15, 1946 at the Bastrop courthouse. Her daughter, Ivory Flowers Thomas, was born on February 12, 1947.

Ivory Flowers worked picking sweet potatoes and cotton and was a cook at Camp Swift, a housekeeper for families in Elgin and Austin, and a sales clerk at Winns Department Store.

Her granddaughters include Gloria Hill, Barbara Thomas, Debra Thomas and Montie Thomas, and her great-grandchildren include Jonathan Monty Murray, Sterling Monty Thomas, Donavan Monty Thomas, Brayton Cash Hill and JuRon Tylor Franks.

Ivory Flowers has been a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church since 1950, serving as a stewardess and choir member, and is a member of Greater Mt. Vernon Zion AME Church in Elgin. She was consecrated as a deaconess in the AME Church during the 14th Session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference on October 13, 2017.

Come join a parade honoring Ivory Flowers on Saturday, July 18. The line-up starts at 9 a.m. in front of Booker T. Washington Elementary School, 510 MLK Boulevard in Elgin, and the parade starts at 9:30 a.m., continuing down to Greater Mount Vernon Zion AME Church at 215 Church Street. Cars may be decorated for the parade, and a box will be at the church to drop off birthday wishes. For more information, contact Ivory Thomas at 512-281-3153.